Even in the mild climes of Brisbane, winter morning motivation can be a struggle to achieve.

Unlike the heady days of summer, the sun lazily makes its appearance over the River City sometime around 6.30am, with many of us challenged to rise before it.

Here are five warming ways to embrace your inner morning Zen and start your winter days in Brisbane.

Meet the morning rays

Few things paint Brisbane so brightly as watching the sun rise over the hills of Queenslanders and the cityscape at their centre. And, few views capture that sight quite like Mt Coot-tha.

Mt Coot-tha is the beacon that Brisbane rises to meet and a natural oasis amid the busy commuting chaos. From its lookout you can see all the way to Moreton Bay on a clear day, making this the perfect place to shake off the shivers and welcome that belated sun.

Wrestle the river chill

From Bulimba to St Lucia and beyond, the thread that ties Brisbane together is its river. Featuring multiple parks, walkways and community precincts such as South Bank, the river is a beautiful way to enjoy Brisbane as it awakens to the new day.

Morning activities along its banks include Yoga, Tai Chi, boot camps or even rock climbing at the cliffs of Kangaroo Point, not to mention the true winter warriors who row the river waters of a chilly winter morning.

Combat cold with coffee

When it comes to that morning pick-me-up, seek not Sydney and mourn not for Melbourne; Brisbane has great coffee, in fact its home to some of Australia’s best.

Speciality brands such as Di Bella Coffee were created in Brisbane and continue to base themselves here, retailing their product nationally.

You can find their world-class coffee throughout the city, courtesy of some of the nation’s best baristas or enjoy one in the comfort of your own home as Di Bella now also makes coffee capsules which you can purchase here.

Cycle into sunshine

Brisbane is a city committed to outdoor activity, and that commitment includes 1,100 kilometres of bikeways and pathways that connect communities and suburban hubs. Regardless of where you live in greater Brisbane, you don’t have to pedal too far to reach the beaten track.

There are also resources to help you plan your cycling adventures, such as Brisbane City Council’s route planner.

Walk off the winter blues

Whether it’s the City Botanic Gardens, the hills of Paddington or the shores of Moreton Bay, walking through Brisbane is one of the best ways to discover the beauty of the city basked in the creeping rays of morning light. As you wander the streets and endless pathways, it’s also an opportunity to witness the character of the city as it unfolds from heritage listed Queenslanders to the striking modern designs of sub-tropical living.

In winter, the sun may rise a little later and the wake-up may be a little slower, but embracing it Brisbane-style unfurls the warmth of this friendly city amid the belated sun’s stretching rays.

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